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Big Bird...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Judith and I saw a bald eagle close up on our walk today. We were just past the end of our property going west when I saw a shadow on the road that looked like a glider was coming toward us. We looked up and saw it from the underside. It was fast and silent and looked like an Indian Thunderbird design. It passed not 20' over our heads and we could only see white feathers. We thought it was a huge hawk or falcon until it passed and turned to fly off over our property. Then we could see the full coloring and recognized it as an eagle. It had to have more than a 5' wingspan and in profile it looked like the classic U.S. Bald Eagle portrait. This has to be one of the top animal sitings of my life. The other one that comes close involved a Bald Eagle catching a fish. That bird was smaller and didn't come as close to us. We were in a moving car so that was more of a glimpse but seeing the fish in its talons was really something.

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MEXGAL1 2/27/2013 10:39AM

    Isn't nature wonderful. I used to love going out on the boat when we lived in the Northwest and seeing the Eagles. So majestic!
Have a terrific day.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 2/27/2013 7:38AM

    Bald Eagles are so gorgeous and majestic as they fly. It's great that you and your wife got to experience this together.

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EATVEGAN 2/26/2013 11:21PM

    I used to see them at the Refuge in N. California. My daughter has them flying over her house, probably because she has chickens. You should hear the chickens when one flies over.

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JO88BAKO 2/26/2013 9:35PM

    Bald Eagles are so majestic. This is my first winter out of Iowa, so have not seen any this year. We would go down by the river and watch them. Fun

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